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So it's been awhile since I posted, so here's an update. Or something.

It's a girl!

Or, it will be. Sarah and I found out that the aforementioned sexess baby we were having will be a little baby girl. While we don't currently have a name, we are leaning towards the name Scarlett Rose - just unusual enough to be interesting, but not something silly or crazy.

Although the sex determining ultrasound was not without some drama. The doctor called us a few days later to let us know that the ultrasound showed some ... irregularities. Namely choroid plexus cysts which are cysts in the brain of the child. Apparently, these occur in 1-3% of all pregnancies and they usually resolve themselves on their own. But, they can also be an indicator of certain genetic disorders such as Trisomy 18. So, she wanted us to go to UAB in Birmingham for a more detailed ultrasound.
So Monday, after sweating this shit for 2 weeks, we went to Birmingham. I have to admit, I was impressed with the facility. The first time I can ever remember a doctor getting us in ahead of our appointment, and at one point we had two doctors, a medical student and a tech looking at the ultrasound. Fortunately, thank God, they pronounced that there were no more signs of the cysts and everything else looked completely normal.

House for sale.

But with a little girl on the way, Sarah and I have discovered that there is simply not enough room for us in this house with all the baby stuff. The house I bought back in 2007 is simply not big enough for all the stuff we're going to be buying. And forget having enough room should another kid come along in a few years. So, concluding that now was a good time to buy and that I only want to move once again, we finally put the house on the market last weekend.

It has been very bittersweet, and I've run the gamut of emotions on it. I gotta be honest, though, I'm gonna miss this place. I've really loved this little house and I have a lot of memories here. It'll be sad when we have to leave. But if anyone's looking for a home in Madison (great location 5 minutes from the Arsenal and Research Park), let me know.

In the meantime, we've put an offer on an absolutely enormous house in another area of Madison. 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 3,150 square feet. It has a huge open floorplan living room, an enormous master bedroom and bathroom suite with a closet larger than some bedrooms in my current house. And, best of all, a huge front room with a separate office. It was once used as a model home and the builder had their offices in the front area.

We've been going back and fourth with the builder. He's trying to unload it, but I'm firm in my resolve to sell my current house before committing to a new one. So prayers would be appreciated that all this works out.


In the past we've taken some big vacations. Jamaica, Las Vegas and London come to mind. This year we're staying a little closer to home and driving down to Pensacola this weekend to spend 5 days ont he beach. It'll be the first time I've been back to Pensacola Beach since way back in 2003 when I went with my Dad. 


Today, I did $800 worth of work on my truck. Among the service done:
  • Two new tires.
  • Two older tires rotated and balanced.
  • Oil changed.
  • Brakes services.
  • Alignment fixed.
It's pretty nice not to have that major vibration in my steering wheel anymore. Moreover, with all this done now, it should be some time before I need to do any major service again *knock on wood*.


Sep. 8th, 2010 06:06 pm
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This last weekend, my wife and I went to Chicago for a kinda-crazy 30 hour trip.

After a night that can only be described as Hell thanks to insomnia, we left for Nashville at 5:30am. We arrived at 7:30 and we're in the airport for our flight on Southwest to Midway. After landing at Midway, we met up with my Dad and rode the "El" back into downtown Chicago where they were staying.

Then, we went to Giordano's in downtown Chicago to get some delicious Chicago-style pizza. Yum!

(Yes, that fucker is like 2 inches thick!)

After that, we got on the road to Rockford, were my cousin was getting married. Well, not really married. They were already married - they just went to a justice of the peace - and were just throwing a big party to celebrate their marriage. It was an interesting evening. I got to see my cousin for the first time since I went to California a few years back, and my uncle for the first time in probably about 10 years.

We stayed the night in Rockford. I bought some natural sleep aid that worked on my insomnia. Or maybe it was that I was so tired I was beginning to hallucinate.

The next morning, we left to head back to Chicago. Since we didn't have to leave until 5pm, we decided to do a little sightseeing. But seeing as how we didn't have a lot of time, we opted to do a boat trip around downtown Chicago and on the waterfront.

(I'm on a boat!)

The boat tour turned out to be a great idea and a really good way to cover a lot of ground. And, at only $25 a person, a bargain as well!

We tool the "El" back down to Midway and flew home, where I learned a very important lesson about flying Southwest: if you don't check in, online, the minute you possibly can, you get really screwed. My wife and I were literally like almost the last people on the airplane, and couldn't sit together.

We finally landed back in Nashville and, after stopping at Jimmy John's for a sandwich (and I discovered I still don't like Jimmy John's that much), we finally returned back to Huntsville at about 10pm.


Jan. 3rd, 2010 08:33 pm
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Back home. Had a good visit with the inlaws. Still feeling sick.


Dec. 24th, 2009 09:45 am
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Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.

While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."
We're about to get on the road, but everyone have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays!


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